Ireland have ended their World Cup campaign on a high after they defeated Wales 34-6 at Nib Stadium in Perth.
Wales show defensive improvements
Following big losses against Fiji and Papua New Guinea, Wales showed signs of an improved defence against the Irish.
One of the most impressive elements was the role of fullback Elliot Kear who several times managed to chase down Ireland’s wingers. Most notably he chased down Ireland winger Liam Kay.
But Wales still showed cracks and this is something John Kear’s side will have to improve before the next RLWC.
Ireland out but Samoa advance
One of the biggest taking points of the weekend was the fact that despite winning two games Ireland have not made it to the Quarter finals.
What has made people angry is the fact that Samoa have not won a game but their draw against Scotland secured them a place in the last eight.
The format is set to change in 2021 with the potential of 16 teams entering the World Cup, which means we could see the potential return of the Cook Islands and South Africa.
Wolfhounds can keep heads held high.
Ireland were under the radar before the World Cup, but against Wales they showed why they are capable of producing upsets
With their squad featuring Super League players Liam Finn, Scott Grix and Toronto’s Liam Kay, they caused a lot of trouble against Wales. The Irish style of play is something most teams would like to replicate, their short side play is something that made everyone in Nib Stadium stand on their feet.
They exposed the Welsh’s defensive issues, however they often blew chances out wide knocking on multiple times.
Mark Aston’s side may be out of the World Cup,but they can hold their heads high and they can out full focus on player development and making the 2021 RLWC.
Tries: O Roberts 2, A Pewhairangi, J Philbin, L Finn, L Kay
Goals: L Finn 5
Tries: B Morris
Goals: C Davies